Feel sorry for yourself... Cause no one is going to do it for you.
The plan for this project is to create a successful pilot episode of the original series "21 and Balding." While our long term goal is to complete a six episode run of the show, this first episode will allow us to gauge audience approval and help with the future direction of the series.
“21 and Balding” exploits the lives of Tom and Donald, long-time friends and current roommates struggling through their mid 20’s. Recently fired, reckless and unwilling to change, Tom sees life as the kind of thing you sit back and enjoy. Jobs and money don’t matter; thinking of others is comedic, and abiding by the law is a gimmick. Donald, however, is the voice of reason – for now. He’s the go-getter trying to better himself while being a valuable member of society. Donald, while not always on the righteous path, wants desperately to drag Tom out of his raging narcissism.
Tom forfeits reality the weekend Donald is out of town on business. As he returns from the trip gone sour, Donald decides to help Tom through his self-destructive funk.
- Producer: Andrew Porten
- Director: Clay Randel
- Writers: Clay Randel and Mitch Dekle
- Director of Photography: Harry Lipnick
- Camera Operator: Jaime Schirmer
Andy Porten (Up the Road Productions) and Clay Randel (Black Irish Films) are close friends pursuing the challenging path to successful filmmaking. The duo met through a Turner Sports internship in 2010, immediately finding parallels in their lives and interests. The stars aligned in the winter of 2010 in the form of “Buffalo Gap,” Clay’s senior thesis for the Savannah College of Art and Design. The film was generously backed by family members in the sum of $30,000, allowing Andy and Clay to take the production to where things are always bigger – Texas. Shooting on location in West Texas gave the film the scenery it needed to be big, bold and authentic.
Straying from mainstream redundancy, Clay, as writer/director, is always seeking the originality in an idea. One writing style never matches precisely with the next. This enables Clay to create distinct views inside everyday paradigms while avoiding the unoriginally browbeaten sitcom plots on television today. “21 and Balding” spawns from personal life experiences of Mitch Dekle, a long-time friend of Clay’s. One might call it a memoir of sorts. But who thinks their own experiences will make for good TV or film? Everyone. Conceptualizing a story about the 20-something post-grad lifestyle and the challenges incorporated with the quarter-life crisis is not new; it’s blogged about daily. The fork in the road is created by the storytelling, the writing itself. The script is only one part of the puzzle, however.
A project starts coming together once a producer gets their filthy hands on the script. After producing “Buffalo Gap,” Andy has tirelessly self-educated himself in the art of producing. The challenge with “21 and Balding” lies within the genre: comedy. So uniquely niched, the show calls for equally diverse concepts in producing. Comedy is so difficult to sell because of its subjective nature. Not everyone will think you are funny. What the pair hopes to achieve is the following of their peers; those jobless, broke holders of Bachelors degrees and tell them, “Hey, you’re not alone!”
A frustrated Clay will sometimes jokingly exclaim that if the show isn’t funny, at least it will look good. That’s due solely to our director of photography, Harry Lipnick. Also a SCAD graduate, Harry has a one-of-a-kind creativity that assists in all aspects of a production, not just the camera work and lighting. His undying passion for all things film has elevated his cinematography to a professional level at a young age. Harry also shot “Buffalo Gap,” so an enormous amount of trust exists among the three cohorts. “21 and Balding” will be shot on the RED Scarlet using Zeiss ZF.2 prime lenses.
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